February 27, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

Who represents you in Tallahassee?

It’s OK if you haven’t been paying attention — if perhaps a few elections have passed you by and maybe you’ve fallen behind. More...

COMMUNITY NEWS

Community Garden taking shape   More...

‘Ding’ Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament set for May 3

A 100 percent purse and Randy Wayne White’s participation are highlights of the third annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament on Saturday, May 3. Award-winning Doc Ford murder-mystery series novelist Mr. More...

Sports return to Edison after 17-year absence

Before Dunk City, long before Florida Gulf Coast University’s men’s basketball team made national headlines last year in the NCAA basketball tournament, another local college fielded sports teams.  What was then called Edison Junior More...

KOVEL: ANTIQUES

Goat carts good for work and play

Energy use and cost are big problems today, but our ancestors found some simple solutions. Conestoga Auction Co. in Pennsylvania sold a goat cart in 2013 for $236. Was it a toy? A farm tool? Animal power was important in past years. More...

Weighing whether to buy extended warranties on boat engines

It’s acknowledged among boat owners that boat engines have improved in quality and reliability over the years, and backing that up are recent surveys from J.D. More...

Owner fascinated by his 1930 Chrysler 77 roadster

The spark that kindles a passion often begins at a young age, and so it was with Frank Thompson.  Mr. Thompson, 82, began working in the automotive business when he was barely out of his teen years. More...

Special Sections

Business News

The bridal business

Weddings don’t have to cost a fortune, but some nice touches are worth the price

WEDDING MARKET RESEARCH predicts a 2014 bride will wed within 25 miles of home. She will welcome 130 guests. She will marry in May or June, maybe September. Her big day will not be formal, but elegant, playing to a romantic, rustic or vintage theme. More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

New Synagro composting facility is a ‘win all the way around’

Charlotte County is the new home of Synagro Technologies Inc.’s $4.3 million composting facility at the county landfill on Zemel Road, Punta Gorda. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Colors and money

Most investors do not think about how various stimuli in the environment influence their attitudes, emotions, decisions and, specifically, how colors impact their money and investing decisions.  More...

Database may lead to better understanding, tracking of serial killers

When Kristin Elink-Schuurman-Laura decided to write her master’s thesis on serial killers with military backgrounds, she needed to compare data on those who had been in the military and those who had not.  While the topic itself seems daun More...

The treacherous Fibahatchee River

The state legislative session is about to begin.  Although you may know that, you probably don’t know what a state legislative session really is or how it works, do you?  Of course you don’t, because you’re trying to earn More...

Nursing charity raises funds for orphanage in Haiti

A fundraiser organized by a local charitable organization of nurses has raised needed dollars toward the completion of an orphanage in Haiti.  More...

COMING UP AT THE RENAISSANCE ACADEMY

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda.   More...

Hooters Half Marathon March 2

The 2014 Hooters Half Marathon is at 7 a.m. Sunday, March 2, starting at Hooters on Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers.  More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, FEB. 27, 9 P.M. Doc Martin: The Tameness of a Wolf Ruth is invited on Radio Portwenn and attracts an unwanted mystery admirer. Doc and Louisa find a replacement nanny. More...

Rev up those bicycles for Pedal and Play in Paradise on April 5

Bicyclists of all skill levels can find their niche at the fifth annual Pedal and Play in Paradise Bicycle Tour set to push off from the Laishley Park Pavilions in Punta Gorda on Saturday, April 5.  This year, Jim Morris provides the lunchtime e More...

No. 88 car on display at Daytona after Junior prevails

Two-time Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. is telling the world the story of his epic victory in Sunday night’s 56th annual running of the classic NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.  More...

Blacktop package spices up the Dodge Avenger

The midsize Dodge Avenger’s sloping roofline makes it look a bit like a smaller version of the Charger, especially with the Blacktop package that includes black wheels, a black grille and black headlight bezels. More...

OUR COMMUNITY IN ACTION

Bicycles added to free loaner fleet   Three new bicycles have been added to the TEAM Punta Gorda free loaner bicycle program thanks to the generosity of Judy and Mike Brentano and Aber and Associates Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. More...

Real Estate News

House hunting

361 Delido Court, Punta Gorda

This Wimberly home built in 2014 is located along a saltwater canal in Punta Gorda Isles. The residence has 2,081 square feet of living space and is just 13 minutes by boat to the Charlotte Harbor and Peace River.  More...

UF: Floridians’ overall confidence in economy stays on even keel

Floridians’ confidence in the economy held steady in February at 78, unchanged from the previous month, according to a new University of Florida survey.  More...

Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary offers free admission March 1

The public is invited to see more than 150 exotic animals at the Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary to celebrate its annual free Community Appreciation Day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 1.   More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Poet for the people

Billy Collins pens poems for those who think they don’t like poetry

WHEN IT COMES TO CONTEMPORARY POETS, Billy Collins is a rock star.  The New York Times has called him “the most popular poet in America.”  More...

Lemon Bay Playhouse presents fifth annual Shorts Aloud Festival

There’s something special about a night at the theater. As the audience settles in, the set establishes the mood for the show. Costumes and props aid the actors in the transformation into their characters. More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

Hang in there for a fun Act II of ‘The Game’s Afoot’

Apparently, it’s Sherlock Holmes’s world.  We just happen to inhabit it.  The cerebral, pipe-smoking detective is enjoying something of a revival recently, with Robert Downey Jr. More...